Raffaella A. Del Sarto, PhD

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

SAIS Europe - The Johns Hopkins University

About me

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, SAIS Europe - Johns Hopkins University

Part-time professor - European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre

European Research Council (ERC) grant holder (2011-2017) - BORDERLANDS project

Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies, St Antony's College, Oxford University (2007-2011)

Marie Curie Fellow, European University Institute (2005-2007)

PhD in International Relations - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Interests & expertise

International relations of the Middle East; the domestic-foreign policy nexus; regional order(s); borders, power and interdependence

Relations between Europe/the EU and MENA/the Mediterranean Middle East; European-Israeli-Palestinian relations

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israeli foreign and domestic policies


English, French, German, Italian, Hebrew (fluent); some Spanish and some Arabic


The History and Politics of North Africa and the Middle East - SAIS Europe

Europe and the Middle East - SAIS Europe

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: History, Politics, Narratives - SAIS Europe

(The International Politics of the Middle East - SAIS Europe)

Recent publications

2017. Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

2017. ‘Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and Concepts’, International Affairs 93(4): 767-787, available here.

2017 (ed.). ‘Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa post-2011’, special issue of International Affairs 93(4), co-edited with Louise Fawcett and Asli S. Okyay, abstracts at https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iix140

2016. ‘Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, Its Borderlands, and the “Arab Spring”’, Journal of Common Market Studies 54(2): 215-232, available here.

2015 (ed.). Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Recent working papers

2018. ‘The Governance of Migration and Border Controls in the European-North African Context’, MENARA Working Paper No. 13, September, with Jean-Pierre Cassarino.

2018. 'New Trends in Identity Politics in the Middle East and North Africa and their Impact on State-Society Relations,' MENARA Working Papers No. 14, October 2018, with Silvia Colombo (lead author), Enrico Campelli, and Francesca Caruso.

2018. 'The Mirage of Regionalism in the Middle East and North Africa Post-2011,' MENARA Working Papers No. 18, October, with Eduard Soler i Lecha.

Recent blog

2017. 'After Mosul, are borders and state sovereignty still an issue in the Middle East?', Oxford University Press blog (OUPblog), with Asli S. Okyay.